Studying in Canada is not only a great experience that will leave you with a wealth of knowledge and an exceptional qualification. It’s an investment: an investment in your future and can be for your loved ones too.
Canada is not only the third most popular study destinations in the world but also has one of the most diverse student populations, with students originating from over 186 nations to study in Canada.
Today, according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education, there are over 642,000 foreign students in Canada and nearly 54,000 international students who have stayed on after graduating from a university or college in Canada.
93% of international students have said that they enjoyed their time spent studying in Canada with almost 87% reporting that it has also has helped them prepare to find a job in Canada.
When asked why they chose Canada over any other study destination abroad, the top 5 reasons were:
- Quality of Education;
- The Prestige of a Canadian Qualification;
- Availability of Courses;
- Tolerance and Non-Discriminatory; and
The opportunity that a Canadian qualification will give you is priceless but how much will it cost you? Let’s take a closer look at how much it will be to study in Canada so that you can plan ahead and budget for the year ahead.
- Tuition Fees;
- University Applications Fees;
- Visa/Study Permit Fees; and
- Average Cost of Living.
How Much Does it Cost to Study in Canada?
Your annual tuition fees will vary depending on location, which programs you choose and which of the many amazing colleges or universities in Canada you decide to enrol at. According to Statistics Canada, you can expect to pay anywhere between an average $29,714 for undergraduates programs and $17,744 CAD for postgraduate programs per year, while MBA programs average at about $27,397 annually. Below is what you can expect to pay for an undergraduate and MBA in 2019/2020 based on your chosen program or field of study:
|Average Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2019/2020|
|Field Of Study||CAD|
|Mathematics, computer and information sciences||6,851|
|Business, management and public administration||6,827|
|Physical and life sciences and technologies||6,056|
|Other health, parks, recreation and fitness||5,867|
|Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies||5,770|
|Personal, protective and transportation services||5,708|
|Agriculture, natural resources and conservation||5,601|
|Social and behavioural sciences, and legal studies||5,544|
|Average MBA Tuition Fees 2019/2020|
|Field Of Study||CAD|
|Executive master of business administration (MBA)||56,328|
|Business, management and public administration||13,252|
|Other health, parks, recreation and fitness||8,270|
|Mathematics, computer and information sciences||7,990|
|Physical and life sciences and technologies||6,717|
|Social and behavioural sciences, and legal studies||5,794|
|Personal, protective and transportation services||5,542|
|Agriculture, natural resources and conservation||5,516|
|Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies||5,178|
University Applications Fees
Annual fees to enrol at universities in Canada
To enrol at a college or university in Canada you will need to pay admission fees for the processing of your application. This, of course, varies from institution to institution but on average you can expect to pay anywhere between $100 to $500, however, there are a few that don’t charge an admission fee. Below are five universities that don’t charge admissions fees for international students:
- Royal Roads University
- Fairleigh Dickinson University;
- Quest University;
- Booth University;
- The University of Winnipeg.
It is important to note that this fee is nonrefundable which means that whether or not you get accepted you will not be able to get a refund once you have submitted your application.
Visa/Study Permit Fees
Your Visa or study permit is the document that allows you to study in Canada. This is different from your visa that allows you to enter Canada however when you apply for your study permit, you will automatically be granted a temporary travel visa. Your Canada study permit will cost $150.
As an international student, you will be able to work on or off-campus for 20 hours a week off-campus without a work permit. If you would like to apply for an additional work permit it will cost you $155. This is of course optional.
Average Cost of Living
Most international students don’t take into account how much they could be spending on accommodation and food. Once again this depends on which city and province you’re situated in but you should budget for around $10,000 to $15,500 CAD. According to Neuvoo, on average you can expect to pay:
|Average Cost of Living for Students in 2019/2020|
|On-Campus Accommodation||$3,000 – $7,500|
|Private Shared Accommodation||8,400 (excluding bills)|
|Health Insurance||$6,00 – $800|
|Basic Utilities per month||$158.77|
|1 min prepaid mobile tariff (local)||$0.36|
|Internet per month(60mbps or more, unlimited, Cable/ADSL)||$76.51|
|Eating Out at a Restaurant (1 person)||$17 -$35|
|Take-away meal (1 person)||$10 -$15|
|One-Way Ticket on Public Transportation||$3.25|
|Monthly Pass Public Transportation||$97|
|Loaf of Bread||$2.90|
|Bottle of water (1.5l)||$2.20|
|Bottle of wine (mid-range)||$15|
|Bottle of Beer (0.5l)||$3.05 – $3.70|
|Loaf of Bread||$2.90|
|Monthly Gym Fees (1 Adult)||$50.09|